At the core of DAVID POPPIE’s newest series of collages and constructions is a keen interest in the dichotomies of destruction and stability, order and disorder. His material appropriation of the most fundamental artists’ tool, the pencil, as well as the ubiquitous matchbook reveals a uniquely personal approach to form and color. Poppie’s abstract compositions move effortlessly from pure geometric form to densely layered grids and openings that vibrate with color and the suggestion of movement.
In Ebb & Flow, Poppie literally and figuratively expands on the cut pencil “explosions” of his 2009 exhibition, adding multiple layers to constructions that are often five and six layers deep. In these decidedly sculptural works, he cuts away to create positive and negative spaces that alternately lead us down the proverbial “Rabbit Hole” (the title of one of his earliest layered works) or out into space. Color continues to dominate Poppie’s work as he draws inspiration from the vibrant canvases of the Fauves and Futurists while exploring the visual structures and rhythms of sound.
While new works such as Attrition and the series Over/Under evoke the patterned webs of computer circuitry and digital pixilation, Poppie’s approach is emphatically low-tech, with each composition developed through a series of gestural black and white sketches. The materials themselves are central to this process and he maintains that making use of 1,900 blue, green and yellow pencils is more important than translating a particular drawing. Poppie surrounds himself with all manner of material (e.g. colored pencils, matchbooks, crayons, cassette tapes, etc.) for inspiration and begins to construct with an entirely intuitive process of addition and subtraction, silently posing the question: Are we better off without technology?
DAVID POPPIE’s first appearance in Chelsea as part of the 2007 group exhibition “In Context: collage + abstraction” brought him special mention by New York Times critic Benjamin Genocchio, and the challenge to push his materials further. Since his work has been included in numerous exhibitions and has received wider critical attention. The artist lives and works in Easthampton, MA. This is his second solo exhibition with Pavel Zoubok Gallery.